Archive for the ‘Happiness and Success’ category

Who’s Got Your Back?

March 18, 2014

Who’s Got Your Back?.  Prolific speaker, poet, author, Barbara Talley offers excellent food for thought.  Tap into this resource to strengthen your resolve and add to your day.  Enjoy this article and be sure to frolic and reflect on her other posts too.  We grow through the energy of synergy.  Click the link and let her and me know what you think.

Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Clifton author’s a resource for students on Blogger .  Follow him on FacebookTwitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at motivision.net

We Can Feel Better – Keep that Body Moving

May 13, 2013

I woke up this morning with the intention of exercising.  I was aching and unmotivated with “stuff” on my mind and I laid back down for a few.  I seemed to be getting nowhere so I got dressed anyway and then I went on line to see if I could find a reminder or two help me jumpstart my day.  The Mayo Clinic popped up in a search and so I pass this on to you.  The Mayo Clinic staff offer the following…0

Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity

No. 1: Exercise controls weight

No. 2: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

No. 3: Exercise improves mood

No. 4: Exercise boosts energyclif working out at PF

No. 5: Exercise promotes better sleep

No. 6: Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

No. 7: Exercise can be fun

Suggestions about getting started, types of exercises and much more are included on the site.  You might also like, “Fitness programs: 5 steps to getting started.  Are you thinking about starting a fitness program? Good for you! You’re only five steps away from a healthier lifestyle.”

For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676… Me?  I’m going to take a walk and hit the gym.

 

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Clifton author’s a resource for students on Blogger .  Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at motivision.net and hear him on blogtalkradio. For encouragement via video  subscribe on YouTube.

You Choose the Life you Want -IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES

February 17, 2013

Sometimes persistent effort gives reign to magnificent possibility.  I enjoyed bringing this video together for you.  As you contemplate you next step and review your greatest resolution, remember that in your hands is gifted the great solution.  You Choose the Life you Want -IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES.  Pause, meditate and pray; watch things ultimately grow in a Divine way.  When times are tough, remind yourself that you have been through enough to get through this stuff.

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at  motivision.net.

Change Your World, Make a New Friend

February 16, 2013

Want some deep and fun at the same time?  Feaured from Oprah Winfrey’s “OWN”  network, check out Soul Pancake.  You deserve it. .  Sometimes all we have to do is be willing to relax and open up a bit.  Not so keen or this- or inspired by this? Maybe you can create your own experiment.  Go ahead, “Change your world.”

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at  motivision.net.

Access Higher Education FREE and Get Free Tutoring

December 30, 2012

More possibilities exist FREE if when you are ready to capitalize on them.  Between free courses on sites like Coursera and free tutoring on sites like Khan Academy you can really improve your ability to LEARN.  See Khan Academy explained by the founder.

  So all you really need to do now is schedule your learning time like you have a fixed schedule.  Don’t worry you can adjust it as needed.  The benefit in scheduling is that you must then make a conscious decision to switch the time encouraging rescheduling over cancelling.

Go for it.  You can even host a class at your home or in a library room and work together.  Have fun with it.  Start a Learning Club.  To get actual college credit, after completion, some institutions will consider the certificate given upon successful completion as validation.  Other courses may provide the knowledge so you can take the CLEP test.  College Examination Program offered by the College Board, the same organization that provides the SAT (Standard Aptitude Test)

So what are you waiting for?  Just have fun with it and start now.  You can transform your life by continuing to learn.  The possibilities are endless.

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at  motivision.net.

Clarify Your Purpose

December 29, 2012

We each make a difference, through our presence and our absence, through our actions and through our inaction.  By clarifying our purpose it becomes clear how our existence contributes to the betterment of life, When we clarify our goals our priorities are made clear. Inspired meaning infuses our lives.  Breathe in new possibility.  Embrace Divine Purpose.  It will help you calm the waters or ride the waves.

Image  Consider the thoughts below from Chapter One of IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS, LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES – HOW TO SUCCEED IN TURBULENT TIMES.  For more and to order, click this link and use discount code D6BTQE42 at check out for 30% off.

  • You are the offspring of those who persevered through trepidation, trials and tribulations. Not only can you make it, it is your legacy.
  • Sometimes we have to “restart and reset.”
  • We have the power to define our experience; indeed, that is what we do.
  • Remember to embrace “Inspirational dissatisfaction.” Be grateful yet discontent enough to be inspired to make a difference.
  • Think you can or think you can’t. Either way, you are right.
  • “Cherish the moment… [Do] not waste precious life worrying.” – Mark Holland
  • Creative possibilities emerge as we interpret and respond to the same stuff with anticipation.

So find a quiet or inspired space and ask yourself, “What is most important to me?  How can I make a difference while loving life?  How can I use my divine gifts?  Write your answers.  Get input and reserve your right to filter and assess.  Choose, act, adjust and enjoy.  You have already begun.  Thank you for BEING the difference you want to see in the world.

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at  motivision.net.

Knocked on Course

December 26, 2012

Sometimes in the midst of a mighty effort we may find ourselves derailed.  The wind knocked out of us, disappointed and disillusioned, disgusted with ourselves or/and our situation, we become disoriented.  Okay, this is undesirable to most of us, extremely uncomfortable at the very least.

Consider another possibility.  Consider the possibility that the very thing that is hindering you is also assisting you in building your strength, your resolve and your insight.  It can provide motivation.  Further, the challenge may clarify for you how much or how little you want it.  Things that come too easily sometimes tend to be valued less.  It comes so fast sometimes we think it can come again just as quickly and then, we squander it.  cherish the “easy comes” else they become “Easy go.”

Here is a third possibility, one that may really make you say “Hmmmm.”  What if  you are not being knocked off course but being knocked on course?  Ever hear someone say, “In retrospect, losing that job was the best thing that could have happened to me”,  or, After I let go,  my whole life turned around.”  Check out what Tyler Perry has to say."Sometimes your meant to be hidden." “Sometimes your meant to be hidden.”[/caption]

Maybe being unemployed will lead you to starting your own business or going back to school.  Maybe, just maybe, there is something more for you than what you lost.  You may have heard the saying, “some people are with you for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.   We don’t know which it is, we can only make the most of it.

Sometimes you have to be knocked on course to get it right.  Sometimes we are held back only to find a better path.  Tyler Perry, producer, director and philanthropist says that because doors were closed,  it forced him to create his own access way, to own his own path.  Think about this in your life and recognize your opportunity.  Set your goals to live in Divine Purpose.

 

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at motivision.net.

Help Paddle Someone Else’s Boat

October 26, 2012

Help Paddle Someone Else’s Boat(Excerpt from IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES – HOW TO SUCCEED IN TURBULENT TIMES

What a splendid concept this is.  Take your eyes off you and focus on making someone else’s day, goal, dream come alive.  Helping others solve their problems allows them to experience empowerment while also experiencing connection, community, and comfort.

Something happens to you, too.  Your problems are no longer a focal point, freeing your creative juices from the paralysis of fear and worry.  Your hopes and dreams begin to gestate since you are not anxiously and prematurely pulling up the desired end to inspect the roots.  Without a doubt, working toward the benefit of others serves the server as well.

On still another level, you are experiencing the joy that comes with making the world a better place.  You have helped someone live well.  Remember how it feels to see the joy on someone’s face, knowing that you put it there?  Think back and re-experience it.  Great feeling, isn’t it?  You can visit that memory and sit there long enough to put a BIG smile on your own face AND you can do it again for someone else.  Mahatma Gandhi said,“Be the Change you want to see in the world.”

Do what you can, when you can, for who you can, while you can.  When you want to see a difference, simply be the difference. 

Life is Blended

July 5, 2012

ImageYes, there are ups and downs and ins and outs, trips and dreams and turnabouts.  Life is blended with splendid and “the need to be mended”.  It all contributes so give tribute to it all.  Life is splendid when you blend it.  No need to pretend it ’cause it is open ended.  So when you feel the heel of paying the price, please accept this little piece of advice.  Ride the tide and let some things slide because life is blended with splendid and “the need to be mended.”  – Clifton A. McKnight

Resources… Multi-layered Resources – Reposted and Updated for 2013

June 15, 2012

Just as it is important to have resources, it is important to be RESOURCEFUL!  Look at what you already have and consider the many uses you have yet to explore.  Have fun with the unlimited possibilities and pass on what you can to those you care about.

Resources… Resources are all around us  and deep within us.  Even resources we use can be reborn in to other uses.  Whether it be Youtube, a book, a reflection or introspection, or a blog, our even an online community, our focus and intention can conjure up new purpose and therefore new utility.

YouTube is great for music AND there are applications for “How to” do just about anything.  Want to create a business plan but don’t want to start by reading a book?  Visit You Tube and see what feels right for you.  One idea may be just what you need.  Need to fix a toilet?  Type toilet repair in the search box at You Tube and see your choices or type in the word “Success” along with one someone who motivates you and see what happens.  Or if someone motivates you type in their name.  I typed in “Les Brown” and among other videos, this came up.  Then there were other videos (Jack Canfield and more) that I found to be quite useful.  Surf for what feeds you.

Books are great for learning AND for entertainment.  They are great for research and learning perspectives.  History, business development,  fiction, short stories and poems.  Wake up to the possibilities.  Go to the library and bring the library to you too.  Lifetimes of information are at your fingertips.  amazon.com offers FREE excerpts and FREE Kindle software so you can access ebooks from your computer, phone or tablet.

Online Search – “Google it”  has become synonymous to the online search engine but there are MANY.  There have been specialty search engines for years.  See this link from 10 years ago click here.  Don’t worry, it provides  updated links as well.  Online searches can open up unlimited possibilities.   Always engage critical thinking.  Reserve judgement and draw your own conclusions.  We are barely scratching the surface… Remember Microsoft‘s catch phrase “Where do you want to go today.”

Online Communities and Blogs – Everywhere you go (online), there they are!  Blogs are extremely wide and varied.  Anyone can have one and include just about anything.  As mentioned earlier, engage your mind, be conscious of your choices.  There are few guarantees in life.  Certainly there can be less online.  Blogs can entertain, educate, promote, do all of the above and more.  You can learn about business.  You can join online communities that support and explore business and or provide support for weight loss.  The possibilities are endless.  Want to develop yourself?  Consider the online community of Stephen Covey.  The links above are examples.  I have found them useful.  In fact I am the author to some.  Please make use of the information age.  Only you can choose what you can use.  Reserve judgment based on what you think is best for you.   I take responsibility for my self and my choices only, and you should reserve that privilege as well. You have seen disclaimers “No warranties.”   In truth all we have is our own mind.  Keep it active.  Keep it growing and enjoy this magnificent information age.

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at  motivision.net.


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